Cooking, book talks and more lectures this week in Fairfield County
Art & Architecture
Lecture: Demeter and Persephone: The Message and Meaning of a Myth From Ancient Greece to Modern America, Nov. 7, 14 and 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Registration required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6336.
Bruce Experiences: The Art of Scientific Observation, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Hara Woltz is an artist and scientist who addresses the destruction and conservation of ecological systems through a variety of visual media. Free; members only event. Info: brucemuseum.org, 203-869-0376.
ARTalk: Brant Foundation Education Director Sabrina Marsalisi, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Free. Info/Registration: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282.
Senior Art Workshop: Chinese Brushwork Painting, Nov. 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Cost: $25-$30. Info: brucemuseum.org, 203-869-0376.
Art Adventures: Watercolor Landscapes, Nov. 23 & 24, 1-3 p.m., The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Art Adventures: Watercolor Landscapes. Exhibition-related activities for children ages 4 and up with caregiver. Free. Info: brucemuseum.org, 203-869-0376.
The Healing Power of Mandalas with Inez Andrucyk, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Silvermine School of Art, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Ages 17 and up. Cost: $165. Info/Registration: 203-966-6668.
HeART & Mind’s closing reception and Artist Talk, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m., Silvermine Galleries, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Free. Info: silvermineart.org/exhibition/heart-mind/.
Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd.; brookfieldcraft.org: classes, open studios in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal. Gallery Shop open Sat., 11-6, and Sun., 11-5. To learn more, visit brookfieldcraft.org or call 203-775-4526. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 12-5; Sat., 11-5, Sun., 12-4.
The Nutmeg Woodturners League, local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, promotes woodturning as craft and art form. Meeting at Brookfield Craft Center on second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, September, November). All welcome.
TV Forensics: Fact and Fiction, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Free. Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160.
Norwalk Public Library offers Kanopy, a cinema streaming service, which has 30,000 award-winning films, including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of feature and festival films. Kanopy can stream on your phone (Apple or Android), tablet, computer or Roku device. You can stream up to 6 films per month. For step-by-step instructions, visit Kanopy page on NPL’s website, norwalklib.kanopy.com/welcome/frontpage, or stop by library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Info: Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, 203-899-2780, x15133, or email@example.com.
Gardening Lecture: Honeybees and Pollination, Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Discussion of C. Marina Marchese’s book, Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. Free. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15110, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Bridgeport Men’s Garden Club monthly meetings, Sterling House, 2283 Main St., Stratford. Members normally meet third Wednesday of each month to discuss various gardening issues, share in plant swaps, DVDs or speaker presentations. Beginner gardeners and anyone with interest in gardening, plants and landscaping welcome. Info: Joe, 203-339-2701 or Art, 203-261-9771.
Seed Library at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Now, everyone — from avid gardeners to newbies — can check out free vegetable, flower and herb seeds along with getting support for growing and saving seeds. Brochures available on how self-service procedure works. Info: Laurie Iffland, reference librarian, 203-899-2780, x15114 or email@example.com
St. Vincent's Breast Health Center in Bridgeport offers free and low-cost digital mammography screenings through its mobile mammography coach for women age 40 and older. No prescription needed but appointments are required. Walk-ins welcome. For those who have insurance, bring card and photo ID at time of visit. Appointments: 203-576-5500.
History & Antiques
Lecture on Mark Twain by Dr. Alan Gribben, Nov. 10, 3-4:30 p.m., Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Rd., West Redding. Info: marktwainlibrary.org.
History Presentation: Queen Victoria’s Forgotten Granddaughter: Elisabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia, Nov. 15, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Free. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: Tales from the Crypt with Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, emeritus CT state archaeologist, Nov. 16, 4-5:30 p.m., Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby. Free. Info: 203-734-2513.
Keeler Tavern Museum, 18th century historical building at 132 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-5485, keelertavernmuseum.org. Museum has begun docent training sessions.
Weir Farm National Historic Site, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, 203-834-1896 or www.nps.gov/wefa: grounds open daily dawn to dusk.
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.
Friday Evening Literary Salon, Nov. 8, 6-7 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Watch video clips of Yale Literature Professor Harold Bloom as he talks about why we should read the "Great Books.” Registration/Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6336.
Author Talk: Steve Gillon — America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Free. Registration/Info: 203-762-6334, wiltonlibrary.org.
Author Talk with Athlete Michael Korda: Passing: A Memoir of
Love and Death, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Free.Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org.
AuthorSpeak: Helene Stapinski’s Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy, Nov. 13, noon, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Register/Info: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, email@example.com.
Battle of the Books, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Matt Byrnes, Rich Cohen, Dave Griffith, Amy Macartney Freidenrich, and Suzanne Nelson, will each have 5 minutes to champion a book they love. Free; registration required. Info: ridgefieldlibrary.org/.
Author Talk: Downsize with Sheri Koones, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Sheri Koones talks about her latest book, Downsize. Free. Info: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160.
Foxfire Living Creators: Eliza Clark and Tim Trojian, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Rd., Fairfield. Free. RSVP: FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com. Info: 203-255-7756.
Author Talk with Peter Steiner: The Good Cop, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield. Free. Info/Registration: ridgefieldlibrary.org, 203-438-2282.
Senior Center Book Discussion, Nov. 26, 11-noon, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Rd., Wilton. Ray Rauth will lead a discussion of Katherine Anne Porter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel Noon Wine. Registration/Info: 203-834-6240.
Book discussion groups at Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Info: 203-622-6883.
MEOW-ZA!: The Scoop on Everything Cat, from the Experts, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk. Panel discussion. Info/Registration: 203-899-2780, ext. 15133, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel Discussion: How to Be an Ally for LGBTQ Youth, Nov. 12, 6:40 p.m., Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. Free. Info/Registration: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, 203-256-3160.
Tellabration! An Evening of Storytelling for All, Nov. 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Registration/Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6336.
YWCA Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien; ywcadariennorwalkk.org or 203-655-2535: Job Search Support Program for Women, incl. computer classes, info., katefywcadariennorwalk.org.
Meditation Sessions, Sat. and Sun., 10-11:30 a.m., open sessions; Mon. and Wed. eves., 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., 12:30-2 p.m., Thurs., 9:30-11 a.m., open sessions; Family Program, ages 4-12 yrs., usually 2nd and 4th Sun. of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.; Redding Center for Mindfulness & Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd., West Redding; info., 203-244-3130 or visit reddingmeditationsociety.org.
The Compassionate Friends, Stamford Chapter, non-denominational selfhelp group for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings; meets 2nd Mon. of each month at 7:30 p.m.; Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct., Stamford, main floor; info., 203-329-2796 or 203-323-2617.
Drawing & Painting: A Focus on Mind, Body & Synchronicity with Inez Andrucyk, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Silvermine School of Art, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Ages 17 and up. Cost: $140. Info/Registration: 203-966-6668.
HeART & Mind Conversations with Artists program, Nov. 17, 3-4 p.m., Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Free. Info: silvermineart.org/exhibition/heart-mind/.
Visual Thinking in the Galleries, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan. Jessica Sack will encourage participants to explore feelings, perceptions, and imagination in response to works in HeART & Mind exhibit. Free. Advance registration required.
The Ridgefield Songwriters’ Circle, monthly gatherings to play new songs and discuss them; for info, call Dave Goldenberg, 203-438-4521.
Nature & Science
Explore the History and Ecology of Milford’s Coast - Silver Sands State Park Discovery Walk, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CT Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. Guided walk. Cost: $20-$25. Info: ctaudubon.org/milford-coast-2019, 203-259-6305, ext. 109.
Animals Who Hibernate, Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Meet animal ambassadors such as a rabbit, an African Bullfrog, and an Axolotl. Registration required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6336.
Explore the History and Ecology of Milford’s Coast - Charles Island Discovery Walk, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CT Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. Guided walk. Cost: $20-$25. Info: ctaudubon.org/milford-coast-2019, 203-259-6305, ext. 109.
Back Yard Beekeepers Association, last Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Norfield Church Community Room, 64 Norfield Rd., Weston. Free. Info: backyardbeekeepers.com.
Planetarium Show/Telescope Viewing at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium at Western CT State U. Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; wcsu.edu/starwatch/ or 203-837-8672.
Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton; center open 9:30-5, Tues.-Sat., two-plus miles of trails open daily, dawn to dusk; reg. in advance for programs, 203-762-7280.
New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, 203-966-9577; satellite site for NY Botanical Garden programs (800-322-6924 or nybg.org/adulted); buildings open Mon.-Sat., 9-4 (closed major holidays); Programs for Kids & Families: First Saturdays, 1st Sat. of the month, free guided activities for visitors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free Live Animal Presentations, Sat. at 3, lasting 15-20 min., different animal each week.
Audubon Greenwich, 528 Riversville Rd., Greenwich; 203-869-5272: program fees: $3/adults, $1.50/children, srs. (incl. adm. to Center & Grounds); trails open dawn to dusk weekends; Kimberlin Nature Center open daily, 10-5; trails and grounds open daily sunrise to sunset, occasionally unavailable till 9 a.m.; 203-869-5272 or email email@example.com.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $11/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel and Peacock Cafe, winter hours: Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org.
Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem, N.Y.; 914-763-2373, nywolf.org. Live webcam at website shows either Ambassador, Mexican gray or Red wolves.
SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives, offering free seminars and workshops to entrepreneurs. SCORE offers Free Business Counseling bit.ly/SCOREMentor Questions/Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-831-0065 or visit https://fairfieldcounty.score.org.
Sunday Symposium for World Premiere Translation/Adaptation of Molière’s Don Juan, Nov. 10, following 3 p.m. performance, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport. Don Juan will be staged through Nov. 23. Tickets: $30-$40. Info: westportplayhouse.org.
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd., behind Town Hall in Darien. Info: darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. Educational programs, including many new offerings, in theatre this fall for children, teens and adults, such as Creative Dramatics, Beginning Acting, Improv for various age groups, etc. Reg. at website or call for details.
CT Poetry Society Workshop, Nov. 16, 2-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton. Share poetry you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Free; registration required. Info: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-6334.
Writer’s Group workshop, Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., boardroom. New writer's workshop group open to both new and experienced writers in all genres. Workshop will support the creative process through writing prompts, offer opportunities for participants to share their work and gain feedback and provide some introduction (or for experienced writers, refreshers) on essentials in crafting poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction/memoir. Jennifer A. Hudson, who has MFA in writing with honors from Albertus Magnus College, to work with group. Free and open to public.
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